Weathered and pitted with history the reclaimed wood of the the disappearing Midwest barn is the inspiration and the canvas for Marie Roth’s hand painted tributes to Old Glory. Each American flag comes with a short bio of the barn where the wood originated and story of the flag design. From the Betsy Ross to the 50 star, each flag is truly a unique embodiment of history.
This is the 33 star flag that flew over the garrison at Fort Sumter, SC at the time of its bombardment by Confederate troops on April 12 and 13, 1861. On April 14, as the small troop of Union soldiers is allowed to retreat with honor, their Commander, Major Robert Anderson, lowers the flag vowing to one day fly it over the garrison again. In February of 1865 Fort Sumter is abandoned by Confederate troops but at the direct order of President Lincoln the flag is not to be returned to the garrison until April 14, exactly four years to the day after it was lowered. A large group of Union officials intended to sail to the ceremony including President Lincoln. However, when the Confederacy surrenders on April 9, President Lincoln decides that his attendance will be flaunting the Union victory and he remains in Washington. The Rev. Henry Ward Beecher delivered a powerful oration to crowds of Union supporters as the flag is raised and he prays that “As long as the sun or stars endure, may it wave over a nation neither enslaved nor enslaving.” The joy was short-lived however for that very night at Ford’s Theater Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
|Dimensions||12 x 12 x 12 in|